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Trainees will receive at least one hour of individual supervision weekly with an appointed licensed clinical supervisor (number of supervisors and hours spent in supervision depends on the established caseload of trainees as well as on developmental need). Most trainees receive 2 hours of individual supervision per week (with 2 distinct clinical supervisors). Trainees will also participate in group supervision with fellow trainees and facilitated by a staff clinician – trainees are expected to bring cases and session recordings to discuss. Supervision of group counseling/psychotherapy is also provided. Trainees will have the opportunity to consult with Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) staff as needed and will also be expected to attend clinical staff meetings to foster the ability to work in collaboration with other clinicians as part of a treatment team.
A strength of the RIT’s CPS training program is its staff. Trainees have access to staff with varied areas of expertise and theoretical orientations via supervision, staff meetings, clinical consultation meetings, and through direct observation of clinical work. Individual supervision is provided by staff members who are licensed or certified in their professional disciplines. Counseling & Psychological Services is an interactive environment in which doors are usually open when clinicians are not in session, and clinicians frequently consult with each other about clinical issues as they occur. Trainees are welcome to utilize this opportunity for on-demand consultation as a resource outside of formal meetings.
Supervisors adhere to a developmental model and focus the supervision work on the supervisee’s training needs. Supervisors strive for an open and safe supervision environment and welcome honest feedback from supervisees. Supervision incorporates watching/listening to recordings of the trainee’s sessions with clients, which allows supervisors to develop a richer understanding of the trainee’s work to be able to provide more direct and useful feedback.